Roy Keane left surprised after Rangnick refused to sub ‘poor’ Man Utd star off vs Aston Villa

Roy Keane left surprised after Rangnick refused to sub 'poor' Man Utd star off vs Aston Villa

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has questioned Ralf Rangnick’s decision not to replace Edinson Cavani, who he thought was poor against Aston Villa.

Man United threw away their two-goal lead late in the game when Villa scored two avoidable late goals.

The Red Devils opened the scoring early in the game after Bruno Fernandes scored from outside the penalty box.

United doubled their lead in the second half after another superb strike from the Portuguese midfielder, though they weren’t the best team after the interval.

Ralf Rangnick decided to start Anthony Elanga, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood in attack after Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford missed the game due to fitness issues.

Anthony Martial was also not available for the game due to his uncertain future at the club.

The German boss, who didn’t have a no.9 on the bench left Cavani to finish the game despite his poor display and it was a decision that left Keane surprised.

Speaking after the match on Sky Sports, Keane said: ‘Credit to Villa they fought back well. They had to gamble, got control of the second half, United seemed to tire. But again we give credit to Villa for that and they certainly deserved to draw.

Roy Keane believes Edinson Cavani was poor against Aston Villa
Roy Keane believes Edinson Cavani was poor against Aston Villa

‘When United get 2-0 in front you’re thinking it’s game over, but then we saw the kind of weaknesses in United, the lack of control particularly in midfield and to give away a couple of goals will be disappointing.

‘But overall you couldn’t begrudge Villa the draw, they showed a lot of bravery in the second half because when you open yourself up against United you’re thinking they can rip you apart.

‘But United weren’t quite at it in terms of the counter-attack. I thought Cavani was poor and I was surprised he [Ralf Rangnick] left him on for the full game.’

Manchester United have managed just one point from their last two Premier League matches.

United dropped all points after losing 1-0 to Wolves at Old Trafford last week.

But between these two league matches, they managed a tight 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup.